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NATS Student Auditions Regional Finalists and National Semifinalists
The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Gracie Lugo, mezzo-soprano, and Anthony Potts, baritone, students of Carol Eikum, have been selected to advance as Semifinalists in the very first National Student Audition program of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). The National Semifinals will be held in Boston on Sunday, July 6, and the Final round will be held on Monday, July 7.
A total of four Northwestern singers were Regional Finalists in the North Central division, by finishing in the top three in their regional category: Gracie Lugo, Anthony Potts, Sharayah Bunce, soprano, and Nicole Moran, soprano. Sharayah and Nicole are students of Doreen Hutchings (along with a third Finalist from the private studio of Professor Hutchings). Of the 400 students from around the country who advanced to the NATS Student Online Auditions, 157 were selected to advance to the Semifinal live round of the National Student Auditions (up to 14 in each category). Northwestern congratulates the following:
North Central Region Finalists advanced to NATS National Student Online Auditions
* Sharayah Bunce (Second Place, College/Private Music Theater Women)
* Nicole Moran (Third Place, Freshman Women)
NATS Student Auditions National Semifinalists going to Live Auditions in Boston July 6 & 7
* Gracie Lugo (Lower College/Private Women)
* Anthony Potts (Lower College/Private Men)
Farewell to Faculty and Staff
Jeremy Kolwinska, D.M.A., Chair of the Music Department, will transition during the summer months to his new position at UNW as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. For six years Jeremy has led the music department successfully through challenging economic times, a NASM review, recruiting challenges, and the transition between college and university status. With input from area worship leaders and the music faculty, he championed the addition of a new B.S. Music Ministry degree which fully prepares students (musically, spiritually and practically) to be excellent worship leaders in today's churches. Leading with calm decisiveness, it is Jeremy who coined the music office phrase: "there is no such thing as a musical emergency!" Faculty and staff are very grateful for Jeremy's thoughtful, humble and excellent leadership provided to the music department, advisees and music majors, and look forward to his continued guidance as Dean.
Judy Lennartson, Music Office Supervisor, has decided, after nine years of service to UNW's Music Department and its students, to return to the role of Homemaker, spending more time with her husband, parents, and growing brood of grandchildren. She has managed the office with excellence, warmly welcomed prospective and new students to our department, and offered invaluable assistance to Jeremy Kolwinska and the music faculty and staff. Judy will be tremendously missed here in the music office, but we wish her the very best in this next adventure.
Dan Leverence, adjunct instructor of music ministry and worship pastor at Constance Free Church in Andover, has accepted a new position at Parkview Christian Church in the Chicago area. For the past three years Dan has mentored UNW worship teams, and he led worship with his team and the UNW Orchestra in Orchestra Praise Chapels for the past two years. Dan will be missed, but we wish him and his family the best as they transition to Illinois.
Barbara Rogers, D.M.A., Lecturer in Music, recently relocated to Lexington, Kentucky in order to join her husband, Dr. Richard Weis, who had accepted an academic position there. Throughout her fifteen years at Northwestern, Barbara was a piano instructor, taught and mentored student accompanists, accompanied students and Opera Workshop, performed in Faculty Artist Series, and composed the music for the opera Ruth in 2007-08. Piano Tour students enjoyed her company throughout her years at UNW, and many other ensemble tours were bade farewell with her creative signs and friendly smile. We are grateful to Barbara for her friendship and faithful years of service to the music department and music students.
Northwestern Choir East Central Europe Tour 2014
The Northwestern Choir, conducted by Timothy Sawyer, originally scheduled for Ukraine and Hungary, was rescheduled to Czech Republic and Hungary, due to the recent political unrest in Ukraine. Kudos to UNW tour director Julie Johnson and Steve Benham (Music in World Cultures) for accomplishing this daunting task in just three months! While in Prague, Czech Republic, the Choir sang for an International American congregation, in the Lobkowicz Palace, and in a collaborative concert with the Christian International School of Prague. In addition, the Choir made a return visit (the first in 1998) to the Nazi concentration camp Terezin and the church at the little town Krabcice, to visit and sing for dear old saints living in the Diakonie Home.
In Tim Sawyer's words: "Our students were exemplary on every level: personal, musical, spiritual. They were true ambassadors for The Kingdom wherever they went ...sharing our music and the gospel in places big and small, and going where few other choirs would dare to go. Soli Deo Gloria!"
Click here for Timothy Sawyer's report of the tour and its spiritual impact.
Now Available: Buy "Inspiration" online!
The new Northwestern Choir album, Inspiration, is now available for purchase online at the UNW Campus Store, at CD Baby, and on iTunes. Individual songs and the entire album are available, as well as a physical CD copy. You can also purchase a CD in the Music Office in Totino Fine Arts Center on campus (see "Inspiration CD" paragraph below for more information).
Dr. Kirk Moss Named New Department of Music Chair
The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Kirk Moss, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Chair of Northwestern’s Department of Music, effective August 2014.
Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D., currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education Department at the Lawrence University (WI) Conservatory of Music. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), thrice chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and served on ASTA’s Executive Board. Moss has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in more than thirty states. The University of Florida School of Music awarded him an Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and he has received four ASTA National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards. With twelve years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestras, groups under his direction have earned distinction at state, national, and international events. One of his former high schools honors him by annually awarding a college string scholarship in his name. He has coauthored two method books for Alfred Music: Sound Innovations––Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra and Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra.
Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska, Department of Music Chair from 2008 to 2014, will transition to his new role as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities during the summer months. The students, staff, and faculty are grateful for the leadership Dr. Kolwinska has provided to the music department and look forward to welcoming Dr. Moss in the coming months.
The Department of Music is excited to announce the release of "Inspiration" on January 21, 2014. This is the first Northwestern Choir CD since the UNW institutional name change. The disk features selections from multiple choir years, including an array of sacred motets, hymns and spirituals sung by the Northwestern Choir (previously College Choir), and conducted by Timothy Sawyer. You can purchase a CD for $15 by visiting or calling the music office at 651-631-5218.